Extended free parking set to end in Knaresborough this week
The one-hour free parking rules are set to come to an end in Knaresborough Market Place this Friday, April 23, North Yorkshire County Council has confirmed.
The temporary extension was introduced to support local businesses and shoppers in responding to the social distancing measures of the Covid-19 pandemic.
From Friday, the usual charges will be reinstated, which includes 20 minutes free parking in Knaresborough’s Market Place
In advance of the arrangements reverting to normal, temporary signs will be put up this week in the affected areas to alert drivers and notices on the ticket machines will be amended in preparation for the change on Friday.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “As the country sees the continuing lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, it was appropriate for us to review the position regarding these parking arrangements. The easing of restrictions supports a return to the normal operation of on-street parking in the two towns to aid traffic management and to offer better turnover of spaces.”
The decision was made after council officials said parking data showed the majority of motorists left within the hour and that reverting back to 30 minutes would encourage a greater turnover of shoppers.
The parking policy was introduced alongside a similar scheme in Northallerton after the county council faced pressure from some business leaders who were calling for greater support even before the pandemic struck.
The one-hour extension was agreed in July and then became operational in September.